Dubbed the 0Black Beetle0, the M-497 jet-powered rail car was a unique experiment in American railroad history. Researching the feasibility of high-speed commuter transportation, the NYC Railroad conducted speed tests in 1966 with a modified RDC passenger car. Through the aid of a B-36 bomber engine strapped to its roof, the M-497 0Black Beetle0 was tested and hit a new American speed record of 183 miles per hour.
Early in 2010, Lionel released its own version of the M-497 Jet-powered
We are now proud to offer a special add-on passenger car that matches the original New York Central jet car paint scheme. Dubbed #498, this passenger car is fitted with side skirts and interior illumination.
Die-cast metal trucks
Detailed overhead vents and louvers
Silhouettes in windows
Locomotive Road Number: M-497
Gauge: Traditional O Gauge
Length: 16 00
RailLine: New York Central
Minimum Curve: O-31